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Apricot Chiffon Pie

One look at this pie and you can see gelatin needn't be predictable. Think of this as an elevated take on an all-American favorite: Our fluffy, mousse-like filling, which tastes of sweet apricots, is spooned into a nutty, press-in cookie crust, drizzled with fruit puree, and sprinkled with pistachios.

  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch pie
Apricot Chiffon Pie

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2009


  • 1 3/4 pounds apricots, pitted and quartered
  • 3/4 cup plus 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Scant 4 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (two 1/4-ounce envelopes)
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • Pistachio-Shortbread Crust
  • Unsalted pistachios, chopped, for garnish


  1. Bring apricots, 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar, and the salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until apricots are very soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool for 20 minutes.

  2. Puree in a blender. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. (You should have 3 cups puree; reserve 1/2 cup.)

  3. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water, and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Heat 2 1/2 cups apricot puree in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk softened gelatin into puree, and stir until gelatin dissolves.

  4. Prepare an ice-water bath. Whisk together the yolks and 1/2 cup sugar. Whisk in 1/3 of the apricot-gelatin mixture, then pour back into pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour through sieve into a bowl set in ice-water bath. Whisk until just beginning to gel, 5 minutes.

  5. Whisk whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and whisk until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Whisk 1/3 of the whites into apricot-gelatin mixture. Gently fold in remaining whites. Return bowl to ice-water bath; let cool, stirring, until mixture is thick enough to mound, 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon into crust (it will mound quite high). Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Spoon reserved 1/2 cup apricot puree on top and garnish with pistachios.

Reviews (1)

  • lhiggins88 28 Jun, 2011

    I made this dessert to bring to a dinner party and it was a huge hit. It takes a while, but if you break it down into steps, it's really not that hard. The only problem I had was that it seemed a little soft - even after I had refrigerated it for about 8 hours, the slices didn't hold up very well on the plate. This may have been my own fault; maybe I didn't measure the gelatin correctly. Next time I may increase the amount of gelatin a bit just to see if it makes a difference.

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